About Us

SfCP was founded in 1940 and aims to promote independent critical thinking in the Socratic tradition. SFCP has an international outlook and engages individuals and groups in dialogues and activities concerned with ethical issues and the challenges of personal and public life. It seeks to promote the practice of critical philosophy through the linked activities of education and scholarship, and through training in and application of Socratic Dialogue. SfCP creates opportunities to discuss such questions as: What is the role of civil society in a modern democracy, and of individuals in the modern state? How can we build a common identity in today’s fragmented societies? How might dialogue be used as a tool to foster understanding both within and between nations and cultures?



Facilitator training 2013

Facilitators receiving their certificates of participation and attendance

Trustees and Associates

Charity No. 313712
Prof. Mike Cook, Chair
Dr. Michael Strain, Secretary
Angella Hodgson, Facilitator Training Co-ordinator
Dame Tamsyn Imison, Past Chair
Dorothy Moir


Honorary Fellows
Dr. Rene Saran
Prof. Fernando Leal
Dr. Patricia Shipley


Training Consultants
Dieter Krohn
Kirsten Malmquist


Keith Martin


Financial Adviser
Kate Nathoo


International Socratic Groups

Political Philosophical Academy (PPA)
Dutch Network of Socratic Facilitators


Upcoming events and news:

2016 Southend SDs

February 13th, Saturday, 9:30 AM – 16:30 PM
May 7th, Saturday, 9:30 AM – 16:30 PM
November 12th, Saturday, 9:30 AM – 16:30 PM
Facilitator: Jayne Crowe
Venue: Southend on Sea
You can download the events flyer here: Southend SD Flyer 2016
For further information please contact Pat Wood (woodly@fastmail.co.uk)


2016 Programme of SDs in Germany

Please click here to download the programme in a .pdf file.
If you would like to participate, please use this enrolment form.

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